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Cerami Award Winners 2016

Tak W Mak, PhD
Tak W Mak, PhD
 
The sixth annual Anthony Cerami Award in Translational Medicine was conferred to Tak W Mak, PhD, Director of The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research and Senior Staff Scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. The award is in recognition of his research into T cell activation, tumor suppressors, and the genetics of immunology, all with the goal of translating basic research discoveries into new treatments for cancer.
 
In his monograph, Dr. Mak describes how his research led to the critical discovery of a gene encoding a subunit of the T cell receptor, which led to the blockade method of immunotherapy that is now in early clinical use for the treatment of melanoma, lymphoma, and lung, bladder, kidney and head and neck cancers.
 
“It is an honor to be selected to receive the Anthony Cerami Award,” said Dr. Mak. “I truly believe that sharing data widely and building continuously on the work of all will eventually allow us to defeat disorders like autoimmunity and cancer. I’m happy to tell my story so that it can inspire young investigators in their research.”

Resources:
View the Mak Press Release.

Lawrence Steinman, MD
Lawrence Steinman, MD
 
The fifth Anthony Cerami Award in Translational Medicine was conferred to Lawrence Steinman, MD, professor of neurology and neurological sciences, pediatrics and genetics at Stanford University. The award is in recognition of his research in neurology and specifically multiple sclerosis (MS).
 
In his monograph, Dr. Steinman writes that “Translational research requires a diverse team, and one should realize that it is not possible to have real expertise across the wide swath of fields necessary to go from the bench to the bedside. Therefore, teamwork and cooperation are essential for translational medicine.
 
“I am honored to receive the Anthony Cerami Award in Translational Medicine,” said Dr. Steinman. “In telling the story of this scientific journey, I wanted to honor my parents, family and colleagues who helped in so many ways to make this possible. I hope that all who read the monograph find it informative, with some interesting lessons for young scientists embarking on a career in translational medicine.”

Resources:
View the Steinman Press Release.